LibriVox recording of The Life of Richard Nash, Esq., Late Master of the Ceremonies at Bath (2nd edition), by Oliver Goldsmith and edited by Peter Cunningham. Read by volunteer readers.
Beau Nash (1674–1762), born Richard Nash, was a celebrated dandy and leader of fashion in 18th-century Britain. He is best remembered as the Master of Ceremonies at the spa town of Bath. (Wikipedia)
This, the best of Goldsmith's Biographies, was published the year after Nash's death. It was at once popular, and went through two editions in the same year in which it was published. To the second edition (it never reached a third), Goldsmith made many important additions. Yet strange to say none of these have been attended to by the editors of his Works. The text of this reprint is that of the second edition, compared with the first. The text of previous editions has been that of a mutilated first impression. (Peter Cunningham, Editor)
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October 7, 2011 Subject:
A book that's hard ot rate.
The read is good, and, for what it is, the material's good. A bit parochial, and the ending waffles out a bit (as some biograhpies do, because fiction gets to choose a high point on which to end, and biography needs to chart the declining powers of the subject), but if you've soguht this out because you are interested in Nash, or Bath, or Georgian customs, 4 stars. If you're just looking for a quick read and using the star rating system, perhaps half a star less, as it doesn't quite come together as a narrative, although the recording itself is good.